Last month, Bradley Cooper starred in "The Words," a box office flop about an author who stumbles upon an old manuscript and claims it as his own. We found this behavior to be pretty douchey, but then we got to thinking: Deplorable actions are almost expected from fictional writers in films.
Novelists and poets are consistently portrayed as snobby, outlandish, mawkish, or untrustworthy. They lie, cry, brag and steal their way to fame. Is this a cinematic shot at the written word, or are writers actually as ridiculous as they appear on screen? Let us know what you think in the comments, and check out our list of the 11 douchiest authors in film:
Eli Cash from "The Royal Tenenbaums"
Not only does Eli try to move in on Margot in spite of his best friend Ritchie's feelings for her, he also sends Etheline Tenenbaum his "clippings," and uses convoluted language to talk about his speculative Western novels.
Melvin Udall from "As Good As It Gets"
Melvin is as curmudgeonly as they come. He even hates puppies. Who hates puppies?!
Charlie Kaufman in "Adaptation"
Charlie is pretentious about his screenplay, attributing his writer's block to a problem inherent with the story he's adapting. He also begrudge's his twin brother for his success.
Karen Eiffel in "Stranger Than Fiction"
Karen seems to have no reservations about killing off the protagonist of her novel-in-the-making, even after she realizes he's a living person.
Mavis Gary in "Young Adult"
Mavis is a ghostwriter who returns to her hometown in a bizarre and desperate attempt to break up her high school sweetheart and his wife, who is a new mother.
Frank Mackey in "Magnolia"
Frank is the author of super-misogynistist self help books called "Seduce & Destroy". Yeah.
Harry Block in "Deconstucting Harry"
Harry writes a book that is blatantly about his ex girlfriend, which leads to a series of self-inflicted mishaps.
Grady Tripp in "Wonder Boys"
Professor Grady Tripp is having an affair, constantly smoking weed, and trying to wrap up his 2,000-plus page novel.
Jesse in "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset"
Jesse isn't as douchey as the aforementioned douchey writers, but he does have a tendency to give ridiculously gushy compliments to the woman he's just met hours earlier.
Briony Tallis in "Atonement"
Briony may have just been a kid when she ratted out servant's son Robbie for writing a lustful letter to her sister, Ceclia, but kids can be douchebags, too.
Roy from "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
Roy steals a dead man's manuscript and leaves his wife for a married woman.